Game On, Girls

In celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, the Jamestown Branch of the American Association of University Women and Jamestown Community College will sponsor the 14th annual Get in the Game day-long event on Saturday, March 9, for girls in grades 4-7. Beginning at 8:30 a.m. through 4 p.m., girls will rotate in age-appropriate groups through eight different sports at the JCC Physical Education Complex. This year the sports featured are kayaking, rugby, soccer, Zumba, circuit training, self-defense, track and basketball.

The sports workshops accommodate all skill levels. Girls will be supervised by AAUW, college and high school volunteers, and first aid assistants are available throughout the event. Registration is limited to 150 girls and costs $12 per girl. Registration includes a full day of activities, lunch and a souvenir T-shirt. To register, participants can request a form at gitgjamestown@gmail.com or go to Facebook page, “Get In the Game – Jamestown NY.”

Some scholarships are available. A request for a scholarship should be marked on the registration form. The registration deadline is March 1. Due to safety reasons, late arrivals or early dismissals cannot be accommodated. The Chautauqua Regional Community Foundation contributes funding to the event.

As a special part of this year’s event, the Chautauqua County Roller Derby League skating team, Babes of Wrath, will provide a demonstration of their roller derby expertise. Babes of Wrath, is comprised of 20 women, ages 21 and over, who have dedicated themselves to a love of roller derby. They are women from all walks of life; mothers, teachers, bee keepers, chefs, artists, musicians and everything in between, many of whom had not been on skates since childhood.

The annual Get in the Game event was inspired by the Women’s Sports Foundation that created and annually sponsors the National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Over the 13 years that AAUW and JCC have co-sponsored this event, over 1,500 girls have been given the opportunity to experience new sports, to learn about teamwork, and to increase their own self-esteem and self-confidence.

AAUW is a nationwide organization that advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, research and philanthropy. If interested in learning more about AAUW and the Jamestown AAUW Branch, go to www.aauw.org and www.jamestown.aauw-nys.org.